EHC needs assessment related templates

A McColl made this Freedom of Information request to Stoke on Trent City Council as part of a batch sent to 5 authorities

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

The Education Health and Care assessment process involves the local authority (SEN department) asking for and securing advice and information from agencies on the child or young person's needs and what provision may be required to meet those needs and outcomes. Paragraph 9.49 of the SEN Code of Practice explains what advice and information must be sought and who from. Agencies must respond within 6 weeks of the request.

1. Please provide a blank request form template or templates used for requesting advice and information from agencies as part of the EHC assessment process.
2. Please provide a copy of service agreements with agencies. If these cannot be disclosed in whole, I would like to see the information on any recommended phrasing for EHCP assessment reports where requested by the local authority: these may include assessments from educational psychology, social care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

Please contact me if you require any clarification.

Yours faithfully,

A McColl

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear A McColl

 

Your request for information ref. SOT71058

 

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and agreements in place with agences providing advice and information on
the EHC assessment process.  Your request was received by the Information
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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear A McColl

 

Your request for information ref. SOT71058 about the councils templates
and agreements in place with agences providing advice and information on
the EHC assessment process.

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
enclosed below and attached.

 

The information supplied may be used for domestic or journalistic
purposes.  Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

 

Please provide a blank request form template or templates used when
requesting advice and information from agencies as part of the EHC
assessment process.

 

Response: Please find example templates and letters attached.

Please provide a copy of service agreements with agencies. If these cannot
be disclosed in whole, I am interested in information on any recommended
phrasing for EHCP assessment reports where requested by the local
authority: these may include assessments from educational psychology,
social care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy,
physiotherapy, CAMHS, etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

 

Response: We do not hold information on “recommended phrasing”. We have
enclosed the Joint commissioning strategy which includes our expectation
of advice across agencies with regard to EHC plans. The local CCG include
in their commissioning arrangements specification of giving advice to EHC
plans including compliance and timescales so you may wish to contact the
CCG for individual provider arrangements.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

Request

The Education Health and Care assessment process involves the local
authority (SEN department) asking for and securing advice and information
from agencies on the child or young person's needs and what provision may
be required to meet those needs and outcomes. Paragraph 9.49 of the SEN
Code of Practice explains what advice and information must be sought and
who from. Agencies must respond within 6 weeks of the request.

1. Please provide a blank request form template or templates used for
requesting advice and information from agencies as part of the EHC
assessment process.
2. Please provide a copy of service agreements with agencies. If these
cannot be disclosed in whole, I would like to see the information on any
recommended phrasing for EHCP assessment reports where requested by the
local authority: these may include assessments from educational
psychology, social care, speech and language therapy, occupational
therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

Please contact me if you require any clarification.

Yours faithfully,

A McColl

 

 

 
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housing repair and report a pothole at a time and place that’s convenient
for you at www.stoke.gov.uk 

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for providing the sample letters that you send to the relevant experts to identify needs etc. for the EHCP. I can't see a letter to the Social Care Team requesting their input. Please could you provide an example of this too.

Yours sincerely,

A McColl

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear A McColl

Our officers have advised that the Social care letter is on Page 7 of the attachment entitled 2nd letters.

Kind regards

Information Rights Team

Information Rights Team
City of Stoke-on-Trent
Housing and Customer Services Directorate
Civic Centre   Glebe Street   Stoke-on-Trent   ST4 1HH
Phone: 01782 232853, 233020, 233732, 235965
Email: [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

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